Greensboro Stories

Jeff Tiberii reports from Greensboro about Guilford County and surrounding area. Here's a collection of WUNC reports about Greensboro and Guilford County by Jeff and other WUNC reporters.

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Environment
5:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

As Temperatures Drop Shelters Prepare For Those In Need

  • Greensboro shelters will be close to capacity this week as more people try to secure a warm place to sleep during some of the coldest winter nights.

On Tuesday night in Greensboro the temperature is expected to drop into the teens and shelters are expecting to be at or near capacity. Four years ago there was a significant rise in the number of people seeking shelter during the winter months. Greensboro didn’t have enough beds and on many cold nights dozens of people had to sleep on floors. The city responded by opening a half dozen winter emergency shelters for frigid nights like tonight. Reverend Mike Aiken says those facilities opened December 1st and will be packed this week.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Why Greensboro Residents Are Upset Over Tree Cutting

Members in one Greensboro neighborhood were particularly upset when a tree with no power lines directly over head was completely cut down. A spokesperson for Duke says cutting down trees is a last resort.
Credit Credit Jeff Tiberii

Many residents in Greensboro are upset with Duke Energy over the company's practice of pruning, and in some cases cutting, neighborhood trees. Frustrated citizens started two Facebook groups, collected 15-hundred signatures for a petition and demanded that local leaders step in and help.

Ten Years ago sub contractors for Duke Energy made the rounds in several Greensboro neighborhoods, trimming and cutting trees that were too close to power lines. It sent residents who felt the pruning was too aggressive into an uproar. They complained to elected officials and Duke eventually heard about it, but nothing really changed. In fact nothing really happened at all. Last month crews returned to some neighborhoods for the first time in a decade.

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Arts & Culture
7:22 am
Mon January 21, 2013

How NC Celebrates MLK Jr. Day

Residents across North Carolina observe the Martin Luther King Junior holiday with calls to service and celebrations.  In Greensboro, city officials host a breakfast today ahead of other holiday events.  Greensboro human relations spokesman Robert Nunn says the breakfast helps residents remember the city was in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s:

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

After Public Outcry, Greensboro To Implement New Tree-Cutting Rules

Lawmakers in Greensboro will create a new ordinance following public outcry over trees being cut down by Duke Energy.

Dozens of residents turned out to a City Council meeting this week to share their frustration over what they describe as unnecessary and aggressive tree cutting measures by Duke Energy. The utility company completely cut down about 150 trees in the last few months, prompting public response.  City Council woman Marikay Abuzuaiter:

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State of Things
9:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Life After Death Row

Life After Death Row

One hundred and thirty eight people have been exonerated of capital crimes and released from death row since 1973. These tragic stories don't always get told, but two professors wanted to make sure that the voices of some exonerees were heard. Saundra Westervelt and Kimberly Cook explore the post-incarceration struggle of 18 of them in their new book “Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity” (Rutgers University Press/2012).

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Environment
9:45 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Biofuels Conference In Greensboro

In Greensboro, a day-long conference today will look at developing and improving new kinds of fuel. The Biofuels Center is bringing together a collection of small business owners, educators and environmentalists. A series of panel discussions will share ideas about forms of sustainable energy, bio fuels and the advantages to local economies. Leif Forer is manager of the Civic and Small-Scale Biofuels Center.

Leif Forer:  "The big picture goal is to get a lot of new biofuels produced in North Carolina and enrich our communities and or environment while doing so."

Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Voters Could Decide Fate Of GPAC

In Greensboro, voters could decide the fate of a proposed downtown performing arts center.

It's not clear yet if residents will in fact get to vote on a proposed $60 million downtown performing arts center. The City Council voted seven to two on Tuesday to pursue a voter bond referendum, and deny the request from a citizen task force for local government to allocate the money. Ross Harris is the project manager of GPAC, the organization working to get the venue built.

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Environment
6:10 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Greensboro Begins Recycling Program for Mattresses

A new program in Greensboro aims to keep old mattresses from being sent to the dump.

In what is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in the country the City is partnering with Mattress Go Round. The Greensboro company recycles old mattresses and box springs by repairing, sanitizing and rebuilding them for resale. President and Founder of the company Robert Savino says keeping the bulky mattresses out of landfills will save space and money.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

"Skip" Alston Retires as Guilford Co. Comissioner

Skip Alston (center) at one of his final meetings as County Commissioner
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Tonight marks the end of a political era in Greensboro. Melvin "Skip" Alston is stepping down after 20 years as a Guilford County Commissioner. Alston has been a polarizing figure during his time on the board, clashing with conservative commissioners while rarely holding back an opinion. Alston says he's not done with politics, although where he will emerge next isn't yet clear.

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Sports
4:59 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

U.S. Figure Skating Championships Returning to Greensboro

Greensboro has been selected as the site of the 2015 US Figure Skating Championships. This competition came to Greensboro – and North Carolina – for the first time in 2011, following an Olympic year. In 2015 US Figure Skating’s largest event will return to the state, a year after the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Greensboro Coliseum General Manager Matt Brown.

Matt Brown: "This is a significant accomplishment for Greensboro. Many within the sport of figure skating questioned, how well figure skating championship would fare in the south. Boy, didn’t we surprise them."

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